Clare Maguire was easily the most overlooked diva of 2011 – with a voice every bit as good and just as powerful as Florence and her Machine’s, looks that recall Rita Hayworth and music videos with cinematography so beautiful you’ll swear you’re looking at a scene from a modern interpretation of an old musical.
Unfortunately, I think Clare fell victim to poor marketing (or lack of any at all for that matter) as not one of her singles cracked the top 20 on the UK charts – which is a damn shame because a song such as I Surrender should’ve been a top 10 hit at radio and pumping out of the speakers in every gay man’s Mini Cooper from London to LA and everywhere in between.
For the time being, we’ll have to keep Clare Maguire to ourselves, but it’d be foolish to think that, with talent as massive as hers, this is the last we going to hear from her. Check out (my #1 anthem of 2011) I Surrender below, and then watch the breathtaking videos for Last Dance and Aint Nobody below that.
PLAY: Shield And Sword, Last Dance, I Surrender, Sweet Lie, Break These Chains, Aint Nobody
*Clare Maguire’s debut album, Light After Dark, is out now via Polydor Ltd UK.
Clare Maguire “I Surrender”
Clare Maguire “The Last Dance”